Singh’s is in the city centre of Nottingham is at the top of Market Street, just past Debenhams, and close to the Royal Centre Tram Stop. On their website they say; “For the first time ever a modern Punjabi twist has been implemented into the cooking styles all over India. Not only will you eat like royalty your surrounding will be sure to give you a complete royal treatment allowing you to experience true Punjabi culture.”
It was kind of intense, in a gentle way, with the staff all dressed in traditional outfits warmly shaking your hand as you walked in. The last time that happened I was in a restaurant in Hyderabad so it was kind of strange to see that here in Nottingham, but also sort of familiar and welcome. We came in early to take advantage of one of their mid week offers, in this case ‘Two mains for the Price of One” between 4pm and 7pm.
We asked the owner for his recommendation and he advised to get the Lamb shank on the bone it was one of the specials for the day. It came all pretty in a spicy gravy sauce topped with a garnish of chilli, ginger, and coriander. The dish was on the medium side of heat, just enough not to distract from the flavour. The Lamb meat was so tender that it fell off the bone so although it looked to be a massive bowlful it was actually quite eatable with ease. The owner was quite right this was the dish to order!
I went for the Saffron Chicken, and I am not 100% sure why, I think that I just wanted to try something slightly different from the norm. It was as described very mild spice wise, but it did have a rather nice subtle flavour. I liked it for a change but I did fear that I was venturing into the tame Chicken Korma man territory. I think that this was really not in that vein though it was much more elegant. It was like a gentle nudge to the curry senses with a hint of decadence. Easy eating would be a good description, forgettable attempts memorable would be more honest. I still liked it but would not order it again. I might cook my own version though with no attempt at subtle flavour, bold, brass, and out there is the way to go for me.
Other things I did like at Singhs included somewhat surprisingly the popadom’s and sundries, especially as I did not order these, but still sampled my dining companions. You kind of have to order these just for one thing and that is the middle pot of the sauces which was ‘I think’ supposed to be a mango type chutney but maybe not? It was almost like a thick ginger beer. I kept on dipping the poppadom’s into that.
We declined the opportunity to order a pudding or a sweet, but that did not deter them at Singh’s as they brought us a little sample sweet plate with a couple of mouthfuls (which is almost all I ever want pudding wise) on silver spoons.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to having an Indian meal in Nottingham and you probably wouldn’t go too far wrong if you chose to have one of those meals here at Singh’s. The branch that we walked into was just down from the Royal Centre Tram stop at 30 Market Street, there is also another restaurant in Gedling at 15 Main Road.